MadAppLauncher is a simple, yet very effective free tabbed launcher. It supports up to 10 different tabs, with 30 slots each that can hold program, file, or folder shortcuts. Each slot can be mapped to a key on the keyboard and can be launched by pressing that key . It shows you what applications you can launch and then lets you open them with a keystroke. You can still launch apps entirely with keyboard commands, but you’ll have the benefit of a full UI to see what you’re doing.
Everyone loves application launchers like Launchy and appreciate their minimal design, but sometimes visuals are better, especially if you’re trying to get the hang of using an application launcher in the first place. MadAppLauncher is designed to give you a customizable UI that lets you see what you’re doing, but also stays out of the way so you can use keystrokes to launch the applications you need. Altogether, it’s a snap to customize and create hotkeys for your commonly used applications.
You can assign an application to a hotkey in the launcher, by opening MadAppLauncher. The interface has rows of buttons that correspond to the keys on your keyboard. Then drag an application on top of the button that represents the key you want to use to launch it. If you run out of buttons or keys, you can assign entire tabs of keys by clicking through the tabs at the top of the configuration window. Then, as long as MadAppLauncher is running and you see its icon in the taskbar, it allows you to start programs with two or three keystrokes. When you want to start a program, simply tap the hotkey you have assigned to MadAppLauncher (the default is “Ctrl+~” but you can change this in the options) and then press the button you have assigned to the application.
MadAppLauncher isn’t the most minimal launcher that you might have seen, but it gets serious points for being flexible and customizable in an intuitive way. The app gives users the ability to drag and drop apps onto it, customize tabs full of shortcuts, and tweak all of its settings easily. So, it’s a great way to go from never using a launcher before to never wasting time launching an app with the mouse again.
Some of the features of this application launcher are :
· Simple interface: drag and drop shortcuts onto the launcher, from one tab to another, or from one location within a tab to another. Right click to edit; quick and simple.
· The option to set an application’s initial window size and location: as well as whether it is run as administrator or not. (See screenshot to the right).
· 10 tabs: should be more than enough to display and organize everything you can think of.
· Keyboard shortcuts: I like both the fact that MadAppLauncher is accessed via a keyboard hotkey, as well as the ability to launch any of the items in the launcher by pressing a corresponding keyboard key.
· Reconciles shortcuts: which is to say dragging a program shortcut to the tabbed launcher creates a connection to the program itself in it’s install folder (and not the disposable shortcut).
· Displays files and folders: in addition to programs.